Manchester United stars Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo and Juan Mata were left embarrassed this week after a samurai freestyler, sent by the Red Devils’ official noodle partner Nissin, showed up at the club’s Aon Training Complex and outperformed the £74 million trio.
A video released on United’s official website - the full length version can be seen HERE - shows #RedSamurai perfuming all sorts of fancy flicks and tricks to leave the United boys left feeling a little inadequate.
Watch: United stars v #RedSamurai
Falcao: Goalscorer not freestyler
Mata, who joined United from Chelsea for £37.1 million back in January, managed to show off a few skills of his own, as did £16 million Rojo.
But Falcao, who will cost United an initial £24 million after signing on a season-long loan from AS Monaco earlier this month, proved that he prefers scoring goals rather than pulling off unnecessary flicks and tricks.
United's new boys impress v QPR
Still, United fans might have expected a little more from the world-class Colombia international, particularly in the presence of #RedSamurai, who also showed off his skills at half-time during the Red Devils’ 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Mata scored his eighth goal in his last ten Premier League appearances in that match to prove that he does have a big role to play under Louis van Gaal.
The Spaniard has been linked with a January move away from Old Trafford, but his goals and assists return has been superb in recent matches, and it’s believed that Van Gaal has no intention of selling.
Rojo, meanwhile, made his Manchester United debut against Harry Redknapp’s side and produced an encouraging performance. The Argentina international faces stiff competition for a first-team place from £27 million summer signing Luke Shaw, who featured for United’s Under-21 side on Monday night, but could retain his place for the trip to Leicester City on Sunday.
Falcao to start ahead of Van Persie?
Falcao came off the bench against QPR - to a rapturous reception from the United faithful - and almost went close to opening his account for his new club.
The South American could be handed his first start against Leicester this weekend. Should that happen then it’s expected that Robin van Persie, who has been below-par so far this season, will drop down to the substitutes’ bench.
United have only managed to win one match so far this season, and the Red Devils will be under pressure to secure all three points at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Failure to do so might encourage Van Gaal to hand #RedSamurai a contract offer.